PARKLAND, FL- Local artist Rachel Kuperman recently found an opportunity to use her artistic ability to help the world address an immense problem; human trafficking. Kuperman, a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School, took second place in the "Stolen Girls...Stolen Dreams" Human Trafficking poster contest held by The Soroptimist International of Davie, a nonprofit aimed at helping women reach their full potential. The Soroptimist of Davie held the contest for high schoolers in Western Broward County as an artistic competition to help address a human rights issue. According to their website, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
"The meaning behind my artwork is to stop human trafficking," shares Kuperman. " 'Girls are not objects' is drawn large in the background so it's easily read and 'NOT' is red so viewers know it's a strong message!"
Three winners of the competition were selected and the winning artwork published as posters and displayed publicly throughout Broward County, including Old Davie School.
"My human trafficking poster being exposed around the Super Bowl would be amazing. Masses of people would see and read my poster for awareness. This topic is important to me due to teen girls my age mostly being targeted," said Kuperman.
Stoneman Douglas art teacher Jacquelene Lieberman agrees. "Rachel worked very hard on her composition entitled "Girls are not for sale" says Lieberman. "I'm so proud of her Human Trafficking poster. Bringing awareness to this growing epidemic is so important."